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The festival presents an exceptional program with: a tribute to Jean Rouch in 25 films, a retrospective of the taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsia Hsien and another one dedicated to the italian scriptwriter Cesare Zavattini (22 films).
Pedro Costa wins for a second time the Grand Prix for the Best Foreign Feature film for Ossos.
Emmanuelle Bercot wins the Grand Prix for the Best Short film for Les Vacances, which reveals Isild Le Besco.
The Grand Prix for the Best Documentary is given (ex aequo) to Pierre Carles for Pas vu, pas pris (which also wins the Audience Documentary Award) and Cécile Déroudille, L'Affaire Dubuffet.
Rafi Pitts wins the Audience Foreign Feature film Award for his first feature film Cinquième saison.
The following filmmakers also presented their first films to the international competition:
Jafar Panahi, Le Miroir
François Ozon, Regarde la mer
Laurent Cantet, Les Sanguinaires
Arnaud des Pallières, Drancy avenir
Sébastion Lifschitz, Les Corps ouverts
Yves Caumon, Il Faut dormir
Laurent Achard, Une odeur de géranium
You can read or download all the catalogues of the festival since 1986, here.
Many first films by young directors who are now renowned for their work were originally selected by Entrevues Belfort. Amongst the discovered directors were: Pedro Costa, Alain Guiraudie, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Jafar Panahi, Miguel Gomes, Rabah Ameur-Zaimèche, Leos Carax, Josh and Benny Safdie, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Radu Jude, Yousry Nasrallah, José Luis Guerin, Nicolas Pereda, Sergei Loznitsa, Kelly Reichardt, Raya Martin, Abdellatif Kechiche, Yorgos Lanthimos, Laurent Cantet, Serge Bozon, Claire Simon, Lars von Trier, Laurent Achard, Brillante Mendoza, David Gordon Green, Albert Serra, Darren Aronofsky, Gianfranco Rosi, Abderrahmane Sissako, Patric Chiha, Corneliu Porumboiu, Arnaud des Pallières or Tariq Teguia...